Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) Selects Its First Executive Director

The Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) announced the appointment of Gábor Jelinek as its inaugural Executive Director at its fall meeting held in Bucharest, Romania in late October, and recognised its member agencies with awards for the best communications campaigns in the past year.

PRGN International Awards also recognises outstanding client work from member agencies

PETALING JAYA – November 9, 2018 – The Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) announced the appointment of Gábor Jelinek as its inaugural Executive Director at its fall meeting held in Bucharest, Romania in late October, and recognised its member agencies with awards for the best communications campaigns in the past year.

As PRGN’s new Executive Director, Jelinek will oversee all aspects of the organisation, ensuring that strategic objectives are effectively met while developing new sales initiatives, enhancing partnerships and creating fresh marketing opportunities for PRGN’s participating firms, staff and clients.

“The network is pleased to welcome Gábor Jelinek to the team,” said C.L. Conroy, current president of PRGN and CEO of Miami-based agency The Conroy Martinez Group. “We are confident that with the addition of the Executive Director, PRGN will meet its strategic growth goals and push our organisation to new heights.”

With nearly 15 years of agency management experience following a decade in journalism, Jelinek brings extensive knowledge in management and international relations, along with an in-depth understanding of communications disciplines and practices. Jelinek spent 10 years as a partner at Hungary-based, PRGN-affiliate partner, Goodwill Communications, where he managed the business communications portfolio of clients in multiple industries. Prior to joining Goodwill Communications, Jelinek served as Client Service Director at Weber Shandwick in Hungary, as well as Editor-in-Chief of The Budapest Business Journal.


Also at its fall meeting, PRGN recognised the best public relations campaigns by member agencies over the past 12 months. This year, a record 29 member agencies participated in the network’s annual International Best Practice Awards programme, with 106 entries submitted, of which the best were selected by a panel of agency leaders.

“Each year we recognise the best performing campaigns that our agencies accomplish for their clients in the previous 12 months,” said PRGN president C.L. Conroy. “There is always great excitement along with some surprises. This year we were pleased to see a record number of agencies participating in the contest, further increasing its weight and depth in the international public relations scene. I congratulate all of our agencies for their outstanding work and express my appreciation to our clients who place their trust and reputation in our member agencies. These award-winning projects and case studies show the breadth of professional knowledge of our members and the high level of service they carry out for clients across the globe.”

Perspective Strategies, Malaysia’s PRGN member agency, received two awards in the categories of Public Affairs and Lobbying, as well as Product Launch. This is the first time a Malaysian agency is participating and winning multiple awards at the PRGN Best Practices Awards.

Andy See, Founder and Managing Director of Perspective Strategies said, “We are excited and humbled by the fact that our work in Malaysia is recognized on a global platform. This is a testimony of the team’s commitment to quality and producing creative work of global standards.”

“Importantly, we are pleased to be a part of the PRGN community and believe that our journey with the organisation over the past year has presented us with new growth and learning opportunities; bringing international exposure and knowledge to our firm, which in turn will help us enhance the work that we do for our clients. Through this experience, we hope to grow our client portfolio and strengthen our capabilities to value-add to our clients’ businesses,” See added.

Overall, the most recognised agencies in the 2018 awards were HWB Communications of South Africa and Landis Communications, Inc. (LCI) of San Francisco, California, each receiving two golden, two silver and one bronze awards. They were followed by Spider PR of London, UK with two golden, one sliver and two bronze awards. The highest number of golden awards were collected by L.C. Williams & Associates of Chicago, Illinois, which earned three  golden awards in Bucharest as well as a bronze.

Other agencies winning multiple awards were Free Communication of Bucharest, Romania; ADVERUM of Vilnius, Lithuania; Buchanan Public Relations of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The Conroy Martinez Group of Miami, Florida; The Fearey Group of Seattle, Washington; Goodwill Communications of Budapest, Hungary; Media Profile of Toronto, Canada; Multi Communications of Warsaw, Poland; Sound Public Relations of Milan, Italy; Stevens Strategic Communications of Cleveland, Ohio; and Xenophon Strategies of Washington D.C.

PRGN was founded in 1990 by a group of visionary public relations leaders, with more than $101 million in revenues and approximately 1,000 professionals in 50 locations. Today, PRGN is one of the world’s largest international public relations networks. PRGN partners are independent, local, owner-operated public relations and marketing communications firms that share expertise and resources, while providing broad-based comprehensive communications strategies to clients worldwide. Companies or organisations interested in the services of PRGN’s local agency network can visit for more information.

Independent agencies interested in joining the network can visit the member recruitment section of the PRGN website for more information or email its membership chair, Lynn Erasmus, general manager, HWB Communications at


About Perspective Strategies

Perspective Strategies (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – Perspective Strategies is a full-fledged strategic communications and issue management firm with services in public affairs, brand communications and stakeholder engagement. The firm’s expertise is built on years of experience of working in a comprehensive range of industries and businesses. Perspective’s team has strong credentials in corporate reputation, investor relations, brand and marketing communications as well as communications capabilities building for clients. Clients include key government agencies, public listed companies and multinational brands such as the East Coast Economic Region Development Council, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, PETRONAS, Durex, among others.

About Public Relations Global Network (PRGN)

Clients across six continents depend on the combined resources of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) to deliver targeted public relations campaigns in markets around the world. With revenues of more than $101 million (US), PRGN is one of the world’s largest international public relations networks. PRGN harnesses the resources of 50 independent public relations firms and more than 1,000 communications professionals to connect international companies and organisations with individual and culturally diverse markets globally. Visit PRGN online at or on twitter at @PRGN.

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